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Joan Jefferson
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Obituary for Joan Jefferson

Joan Jefferson, 83 of Raymore, Missouri passed away September 29, 2017 at her home surrounded by her family. Funeral services will be held 11:00 am Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at the Mullinax Funeral Home (660-679-0009) in Butler. Visitation will be prior to services from 10:00 to 11:00 am at the funeral home. Interment will follow services in Freeman Cemetery, Freeman, Missouri. Contributions are suggested to Kansas City Hospice. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

Joan was born Joan Harriett McGuire, October 15, 1933, in Butler, MO. to Troy Tyndall McGuire and Mona Ellen (Bowman) McGuire. She was the fourth of five children, with older sister Jewell, older brothers Jim and Henry, and younger brother Tom.
She graduated from Butler High School.
Joan married Robert Lee (Bob) Jefferson on May 10, 1953 at the Virginia United Methodist Church of Bates County, MO. They moved to Minnesota, where they had two children, Lee Ann and Mark before moving to Ames, Iowa, and then to Freeman, MO., in about 1978.
Joan worked in the early years of her marriage, before settling into a career in community service and homemaking. She also pursued her life-long passions for gardening, bird watching and the Audubon Society.
A lifelong Democrat, Joan was known to every postmaster, poor-service provider and politician as a woman that should be answered the first time she asked, or be prepared to suffer the consequences.
She is survived by her husband, Bob, of Raymore, MO., her daughter, Lee Ann Knudsen and husband Kerry, of Cheltenham, Ont., Canada, son, Mark Jefferson and his daughter Jenna, of Lee’s Summit, MO., and brother, Tom McGuire and wife Jaima, of Butler, MO.

The family wishes to extend its heartfelt gratitude for all the friends and family that made Joan Jefferson’s life a joy. A special “thank you” to Kansas City Hospice, who provided the most excellent care and counsel in a most difficult time.
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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Mullinax Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc.

10 S. High St.
Butler, MO 64730

Funeral Service




11:00 AM - 11:40 AM
Mullinax Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc.

10 S. High St.
Butler, MO 64730

Cemetery Details


Freeman Cemetery

2 highway
Freeman, MO 64746

Memorial Contribution

Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care


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